Exova Warringtonfire, the leading fire testing and fire engineering organisation, has signed a contract with DP Architects (DPA) to provide fire engineering consultancy on residential and commercial projects in the new city of Lusail, Qatar.

DPA is designing plans for 60 plots of land on Commercial Boulevard in Lusail. Comprising 30 residential plots of apartment buildings and hotels and 30 commercial plots, including restaurants, retail space, office buildings, cinemas, and medical and educational facilities, every plot will be a mid-rise building and will be uniquely designed.

Exova Warringtonfire will review the design of each plot and provide fire engineering consultancy to DPA over a period of approximately two years. Working from the Dubai office, the team will use innovative computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling and demonstrate live fire scenarios in proposed designs to ascertain the safest, most efficient, and cost effective methods of smoke control and ventilation.

Toh Sze Chong, Director at DPA, said: “The Commercial Boulevard in Lusail City is a landmark project in Qatar. Exova’s support for our design teams as our Fire Engineering Consultant is crucial. Their expertise goes beyond advising fire engineering solutions to overcome fundamental design issues; they are also able to take further steps to help our teams with unconventional and workable fire engineering solutions in order to realize certain architectural design ideas.”

Dermot Gallagher, Senior Fire Engineer at Exova Warringtonfire, said: “The Commercial Boulevard project is an enormous undertaking and we’re happy to support DPA on the development of fire engineering strategies and solutions for its designs. We are proud of our existing relationship with DPA and know that our experience working on a variety of building types means that we will provide comprehensive guidance on meeting the regulatory requirements of each individual plot.”